ferdinand, on 12 January 2016 - 06:28 PM, said:
Context: I live in a 4/5-bed chalet bungalow converted from a 2 bed 1940s double fronted bungalow, which is similar but wider. The house, according to visitors, is made by a) Good area b - It has a nice face c) The kitchen is huge and runs into conservatory then lounge d) The stairs/landing are dramatically spacious, which surprises them e) High spec.
1 - How long are you staying? If kids get into their teens you will want 4 doubles really, and that would make the house marketable.
2 - I think your landing is too small. It feels mean, and perhaps not generous enough for a big 4 bedder. I would plan to extend into the attic, and put the fight of stairs in bed 4 added into the landing. That will give you a window on the landing. I would put the master suite in the attic with windows looking backwards to the view, if space allows. But that could be phase 2. If you lost the expensive to build sticky-out bedroom that would pay for part of your loft conversion.
Interim master suite could be as per ProDave above.
3 - You have a lovely generous lounge / dining / kitchen space. Where will the kids supervised controllable chaos space be - in the LHS of the extension?
4 - There is a downstairs loo / shower room, isn't there? Couldn't see on the plan, but a big house like that needs one. Now required on similar newbuilds, which will be your competition. It will be expected by buyers.
5 - Not sure if the utility is large enough.
6 - Where is your machinery going? MVHR / Boiler / Inverters for Solar Panels etc. Perhaps lose the garage to larger utility, plant room and workshop? Ideally the workshop can still be a normal sized garage. I can do that as mine is 23ft long.
7 - If you are built up to both sides of your plot, try and create a straight through path to the back garden through the garage / utility / edge of extension for mucky stuff and workmen. Worth its weight.
Good points Ferdinand
To answer some of your queries:
1. I think we would want to be able to live in it in 10 years time, if after 5 years we’re able to upgrade then great, then if i’m looking to sell I would want the house to maximise its potential and be a “no brainers” for families in a similar size & position to us
2. Yes landing isn’t the biggest, wouldn’t be overly keen on losing the box room as could always convert to a study if we decide to use the ground floor front room as a reception room rather then a study (wife works from home and I do 1 day or 2 a week too so we need a study area)
But can see the benefit in 4 good sized bedrooms over 5, with the 5th
being a box
The more I think I about it the more it would make sense to go into the loft now and make that the master overlooking the rear
3. Kids chaos space I’m hoping to limit to the new extension / their bedrooms and they can use the study for homework / reading etc
4. Yes downstairs shower room tagged onto the utility
5. It’s currently used as a utility, not the biggest but it does the job
6. Boiler is currently in the utility area, it only does the central heating there’s a tank for the hot water in the bathroom, would be looking to swap these out for a comi, and maybe move that into the garage. Think the garage is about 17ft so probably not big enough to pinch some room, plus I think the wall separating the utility and garage is load bearing so would be costly to do I think. Solar panels would have to go on the front of the house as that’s south facing aspect, unsure of the aesthetics.
Hoping to get underfloor heating in the ground floor extension & maybe kitchen so guessing logical place to terminate that pipework would be garage
7. It’s a semi-detached house so the ajoining property is on the right as you look front on, there is a side passage to access the rear, which we’re planning to retain we know the value of these
Excellent feedback glad I joined really appreciated